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This resource guide was designed to provide you with assistance in locating good sources of information as you do research on managerial topics for your classes.
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You can search for articles on this page. It also provides databases and journal titles that are good to search in for managerial topics. There are also links to sample searches that you can modify to find what you need.
Allows you to search for books owned by Columbia College and by other libraries in the MOBIUS consortium. Instructions are provided for how to request books from MOBIUS libraries. Information is provided on a few selected books related to managerial topics.
You can search for e-books found in our databases. There are also links to (1) lists of individual e-books on selected managerial topics, (2) links to selected individual e-books on managerial topics, and (3) selected essays on managerial topics from the Credo Reference database.
You can search for streaming videos and video segments in the Films on Demand database. There are also links to lists of individual streaming videos on selected managerial topics.
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Below are links to several Research Starters. They summarize discipline-specific topics, thus helping students understand the subject and learn of keywords to use when searching for more information on the topic. The Research Starters come from the Cougar Search Discovery Service.
Business Management - Research Starters
Here you will find numerous Research Starter articles related to management, such as Behavioral Foundations of Leadership, Business Strategy and Policy, and Managing in a Turnaround Environment.
Management - Research Starters
Here you will find numerous Research Starter articles related to management, such as Management of Human Resources; Managerial Leadership; Motivation, Productivity and Change Management; and Team Management.
Special Topics in Management - Research Starter
This article first provides an overview of the field of management, including the history of management and the functions, roles, and skills of management. The article then goes into the special topics of managing employees, information, crises, and ethical issues. Finally, it defines several terms and concepts.
Business Communication - Research Starters
Here you will find numerous Research Starter articles related to business communication, such as Communications in the Workplace, Corporate Communication, and Integrated Marketing Communications.
Comparative Management - Research Starter
Comparative management is the study of management practices in different countries and how they relate to organizational effectiveness. To do this, comparative management theorists look at how managerial practices are similar and how they differ in order to accommodate the needs of the local culture. By looking at management styles and techniques that work well in different venues, it is possible to gain insight into which management issues are universal and how local culture and conditions require adaptation of management practices. Specifically, the field of comparative management seeks to help organizations and their managers to better understand the impact of local culture on the way that people and processes need to be managed.
Decision Making - Research Starter
This article discusses decision-making in a business environment. While leaders are ultimately responsible for business decisions, problem-solving is a shared responsibility among top managers who make strategic decisions, middle managers who make tactical decisions and lower level managers who make operational decisions. By having accurate information, decisions are more likely to be based on facts, sound reasoning and intelligence. This article will provide an overview of decision making and includes a discussion of factors that lead to good business decisions.
This essay covers transactional leadership, transformational leadership, and servant leadership, and it conveys some tenets from each. In addition, it summarizes leadership thought from a historical viewpoint. The main focal points of executive leadership include mission accomplishment, resource acquisition, and external affairs. In brief, this essay aims to help readers recognize some requirements for leadership so prospective leaders may prepare to act on them.
Gender and Management - Research Starter
This article available via the Cougar Search Discovery Service examines the impact of gender in the workplace. The impact of gender on the composition of the management team is analyzed and current trends of women in management are reviewed. Changes in the workplace over the last three decades as the number of women in the workplace has increased are explained including the emergence of the family-friendly workplace. The types of benefits offered by family-friendly companies are reviewed. Employment statistics on women in the workplace, the occupations in which women work, and the salary differentials between women and men are presented.
Group dynamics looks at how people form groups and how these groups develop and interact. Groups can be informal or formal but typically have a set pattern of how they function. When managing groups, it is important to understand the implications of group communication, alliances within groups and group motivation in order to direct the group to a positive result. Groups form an identity after working together for awhile and the group identity forms the approach the group will take to solving problems and what processes will be used to solve problems.
Leadership - Research Starters
Here you will find numerous Research Starter articles related to leadership.
Leadership and Motivation - Research Starter
This article focuses on the relationship between leadership and motivation. A history of leadership theory is presented, followed by the link between leadership and motivation as it pertains to today's mainstream leadership theories. The major theories of motivation are presented in the context of leadership. This article will explore how leadership theories have developed and converged, and how motivation has become an integral part of the leadership construct.
Management Competencies - Research Starter
This article explores the subject of management competencies and provides a framework for contextualizing competency modeling within organizations. First, a background discussion will ensue with an examination of the origins of competency modeling, along with a definition of the term "competencies." From there, we'll highlight the types of competencies typically employed in the construction of competency models. We'll then transition to the various approaches for developing competency dimensions, typical organizational uses for competency models, types of competency models, and management competencies as predictors of performance. The article concludes with an example of an actual competency model and an outline of some perceived drawbacks of competency modeling.
Management Science - Research Starter
To solve the complex business problems faced by organizations in the 21st century, managers are increasingly turning to management science — the application of statistical techniques, scientific method, and mathematical modeling — to analyze and solve the problems of the organization. Management science offers managers many tools to help analyze and interpret the data with which they are bombarded every day. Some of these tools include data mining, decision support systems, and forecasting techniques.
Management Theory - Research Starter
Contains information on several management theories.
Managerial Leadership - Research Starter
This paper will provide an overview of the necessary qualities of effective management and discuss how adhering to core values and maintaining standards of ethical conduct are necessary to achieve managerial leadership.
Principles of Management - Research Starter
This article examines how managers execute the primary functions of management including strategy development, business planning, organization, control, and leadership. The impact of contemporary factors such as globalization and information technologies is reviewed and the new methods that managers use to execute primary functions are explained. The use of metrics as a tool to develop strategies and plan and organize business activities is examined. The use of analytics as a tool to control business processes and optimize business resources and opportunities is also examined. The importance of developing human resources is examined along with popular contemporary methods for staff development.
This article will focus on the complexities of managing teams in today's contemporary organizations. New challenges include how to manage team types, team stages, communication strategies, and team leadership strategies and styles.
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